Work Experience


Work Experience 2017

Our Year 10 Students have yet again made Sacred Heart Secondary very proud with their behaviour and attitude to their Work Experience week beginning the 13th March this year.   We have had some fantastic reports back on how well our students worked, their attitude and ability for their age and how well they fitted in.  At Sacred Heart Secondary Work Experience is considered to be a vital part of our students’ Careers Education.  Our students prove it is very important to them too and the success stories show how passionate they are about the programme.

Comments from Placement Providers 2017

  • Daniel has taken a keen interest across several areas of I.T; he accepted some of the less exciting or glamorous tasks with the same positive approach as the more fun tasks and has been a pleasure to host. I hope he enjoyed the experience. (James Morrisroe, IT Technical Services Engineer, PD Ports)
  • I thought the class were extremely well behaved, they are a credit to the Academy. Sergeant Major Mark Hill MBE Youth Engagement Officer – Army
  • I would like to reiterate how professional the students have been. Well mannered, eager and enthusiastic! They are a credit to their families and to Sacred Heart.  I think they are all pretty shattered experiencing a week in the real world! (Rachael Tomlinson, St Benedict’s RC Primary School)
  • We thoroughly enjoyed hosting Ella within the Marketing department. She was very confident and keen to get involved and learn more about what we do on a daily basis in our department. Ella completed some administration work which involved having to get in touch with companies and discuss their contact details. Ella jumped right in and did a great job, acting very professional whilst interacting with our customers and suppliers on the phone. (Dannielle Young, Marketing and Events Executive) PD Ports
  • The boys are performing really well, very motivated, keen to learn and doing a great job. (Helen Hugil – Learning Curve)
  • This is what makes our job worthwhile, your students have been the best group we have worked with. They have given it their all and then some, they have pushed themselves really hard and taken part in all the activities with enthusiasm and great team work.  (Matt Beaumont, Army Recruitment Officer)

20 of our students took part in a `Forces Week` predominantly in school with a visit to Catterick Garrison on Thursday to complete a one and half mile run and assault course. They had the pleasure of working with different regiments of the Army Monday to Thursday which included the Coldstream Guards who travelled all the way from Windsor to be with us, the Yorkshire Regiment and the Royal Engineers. The students took part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Challenges on the Monday. They then had 2 days of Physical Training activities all based on team work and leadership skills. They finished off their week on Friday with the Navy and Royal Marines which included, a cookery demonstration from a Navy Chef and more physical training, focusing on team building activities and resilience and grit.  All of the students had a fantastic time which you can see from the photographs below. They pushed themselves to their limits and ended the week very tired and glad to have a weekend off.







We had students in a wide variety of placements from vets to retail shops to MP Constituencey offices and local schools to name a few. This year we have had a record number of students who have sourced their own placement for Work Experience which is fantastic to see. This puts the onus on the student to go out and speak to companies and apply for placements. This can be a very daunting experience but a useful opportunity to experience real life in practice.  Due to the contacts that students have been able to make via parents/relations we have seen students in some fantastic placements this year including ones out of the area and in some very exciting placements;

  • 1 student worked with EDF Energy on a Admin/Maintenance Operations taster
  • 1 student worked with Costain Group, Costain-Vinci Joint Venture as a Tunnel Team Engineers Assistant in Glasgow.
  • Another with PD Ports working at Teesport Container Terminal 2 on an Operations Taster.
  • 1 Student shadowed solicitors from Michael Henderson & Co. Ltd in Washington and attended Court cases in Newcastle and Sunderland.
  • To a student who spent the week in London working at Michael O'Sullivan Design and Architecture as a design assistant.  



Our students have had some superb experiences during the week, most of which did not want to return to normal Academy life and wanted to stay on placement. Some students have been offered part time jobs following on from their placement which is testament to the hard work and effort they have shown in the week. Hopefully we have managed to light a spark in our Year 10 students which will help them focus their minds on possible future career paths and getting the grades they need to succeed in those sectors.

Well done Year 10!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the companies, employers, schools and training providers who have supported Sacred Heart Secondary and our students with Work Experience this year. Some of the companies and employers are listed below. Here’s to many more successful years working in partnership to offer this most valuable experience to our students.